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TV Live / TV gigs 2019
« on: October 14, 2018, 12:00:26 PM »
Just seen this advertised:
TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers - Exchange Bristol 24th May 2019
It's the only date so far but I wonder if there's going to be a tour?

World Chat / New Clash book
« on: December 20, 2016, 06:32:33 PM »
Just got this about a new Clash book. With an American author it's obviously going to be heavy on the US aspects but the Terry Chimes interview sounds interesting. Has anyone read it yet?

"The Clash FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Clash City Rockers is the first full-length history of the Clash that presents an American perspective of the only UK punk rock band to break big in the United States. The retelling of the early days of the Clash is abetted by an interview with original Clash drummer Terry Chimes. Tag along with author Gary Jucha as he attends the Clash’s first U.S. concerts in New York City, follows the Clash throughout England on The 16 Tons Tour of 1980, and fights his way into the sold out opening night of the Bond’s Residency in Time Square on May 28, 1981. The Clash FAQ contains details of Clash concerts unavailable elsewhere and biographies of all six members of the Clash, their sidemen and studio personnel. It also features insightful critiques of all the Clash’s albums and singles, a reassessment of the Clash, post-Mick Jones, and original photos and reproductions of hard-to-find Clash memorabilia."

World Chat / Living like the Adverts?
« on: June 26, 2016, 10:38:38 PM »
There's been quite a few punk songs used for TV adverts - 2 recent ones that spring to mind are "Blitzkrieg Bop" for an electrical company and "Teenage Kicks" for some clothing firm (is this because many '70's punks now work in advertising?).
The most nefarious however is the use of The Buzzcocks' "What Do I Get" in the new McDonald's ad.
Here's what Morrissey has to say about it and for once you've got to agree with him?
I'd like to think that Pete Shelley had little choice in the matter and it was down to the record/publishing company. Is the man stealing our music or is it "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle"?

On a lighter note, a couple of years ago, I was joking with TV about using some of his songs for adverts. I suggested at the time:
"Only One Flavour" - Vimto
"Gary Gilmore's Eyes" - Specsavers
or how about:
"Useless" - EasyJet
"The Suit" - Burtons
"The Day We Caught The Big Fish" - Birdseye
"Empty Wallet" - American Express
Over to you!
Feel free to add "Boom Booms" where appropriate Fred!

TV Songs / TV & Charge 69
« on: June 10, 2015, 10:48:31 PM »
Don't remember seeing this mentioned. TV is one of the guest vocalists on the new album by French punk band Charge 69 (Much More Than Music Volume 1). Other guests include Matt Dangerfield, Arturo Bassick, Campino, Charlie Harper etc. and the album is produced by Jon Caffery.
"CHARGE 69, the revered French 3-piece punk rock band are set to release a fabulous and fascinating new ‘Best Of’ record with a quite brilliant twist. Featuring 10 punk luminaries singing the band’s own songs, not in French, as per the originals, but in English. This really is a superb ‘Best Of’ collection with a difference, fully deserving of its title: ‘Much More Than Music’."
It's available (in the UK) through
I'm not sure how much input TV has had - choice of song, translation from the original french version (the only song I can find with a similar title is "Le paradis des vendus" which translates as paradise sold) but it certainly sounds like something he could have written.
It's available on CD or vinyl and my CD (less than a tenner) arrived in a couple of days. Well worth checking out.

TV Songs / Orgreave Truth and Justice CD
« on: February 21, 2015, 02:52:14 AM »
Just seen this mentioned
I wonder where the TV track is from - off the album or a previously unreleased version?
Has anyone come across it yet?

TV Live / Reviews of TV's first three solo gigs of the year.
« on: February 14, 2015, 10:01:20 PM »
Reviews of TV's first three solo gigs of the year are now up (finally!) on Louder Than War.

Feel free to check it out and share it around.

TV Interviews / New interview with TV - Bradford 04.10.14
« on: October 12, 2014, 01:53:04 AM »
There's a video interview with TV now up on:
We were all in a bit of a silly mood having spent the day at the anarchist social club and having to do the interview in the library as there was a "cheese party" taking place next door (is this what anarchists do on a Saturday night? - Anarch-brie in the UK?). Considering that TV has done more for cheese than any man I know, strangely, he didn't get an invite but if you can get past the noise of the revellry, listen to him talking about next year's possible release of a lyric book, his trousers, the ice bucket challenge & doing the ironing!

TV Songs / I Delete Album review
« on: October 08, 2014, 10:20:17 PM »
Review of the new album has just gone up on
Feel free to check it out and share it around.

TV Chat / Forthcoming Book featuring TV.
« on: July 31, 2014, 07:05:52 AM »
Don't remember this being mentioned before - TV has written the preface for a new book "One Chord Wonders - Power & Meaning In Punk Rock" by Dave Laing. Release date is March 2015 so we've got a long wait for this one! Available to pre-order on Amazon.

TV Live / The Black Bull Gateshead gig review
« on: July 14, 2014, 01:02:10 AM »
Review of the recent Gateshead show is now up on
feel free to check it out & share it around.

TV Songs / Soon As I Found It I Lost It (Live 2002)
« on: May 07, 2014, 11:49:40 PM »
Don't know if anyone else has come across this, but there's a live version of Soon As I Found It... on a compilation LP "Action Speaks Louder Than Words" which was actually released in 2002 the year before "Not A Bad Day". Recorded live at Roehre, Stuttgart, 04.05.02.

TV Live / The Glebe Stoke gig review
« on: March 26, 2014, 09:39:08 PM »
Review of the gig at The Glebe Stoke-on-Trent 14/03/14 is now up on
Please check it out and share it around!

World Chat / Leigh Heggarty & The Price
« on: August 06, 2013, 03:30:33 PM »
Anyone not familiar with Leigh's recordings with The Price can find them (2 singles & a mini-LP) at
Leigh himself has supplied the stuff for the posts.

World Trading / TV / Adverts live recordings trades
« on: February 01, 2013, 12:22:57 AM »
Is anyone interested in trading any Adverts or T V Smith live recordings?
P.m. me and I'll send you my list.

TV Interviews / The Back Room Pascal Briggs Interview
« on: September 26, 2012, 01:04:13 PM »
This one too! Pretty good site!

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